[Marxism] Iraqi unions file complaint against Occupation and other articles

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Iraqi Unions file complaint against the Occupation Forces and their Iraqi Governing Council for anti-labor practices

"Hundreds of thousands of workers in Iraq are currently unemployed (70% of the workforce according to recent survey), and there is widespread fear that their economic well-being has been taken out of their control and in fact depends on the occupying forces."

"In the current situation, Iraqi workers fear that the decisions made by the occupying forces, particularly in the economic field with 

privatization, would continue the plundering of the Iraqi resources by the multinational corporations."

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Green Party membership rejects Early Endorsements for candidates in D5 and D9, defeating proposals by the "leadership"

By Gina Alvarez

The San Francisco Green Party is a strange political animal.

On one side it has produced stunning campaigns of candidates who flashed apparently out of nowhere to win offices, increasing the prestige and standing of the party. In spite of having only 3% registration in the City, the number of voters who identify with the party is probably closer to 20% with potential supporters at even a higher percentage.

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Newsom fakes left, critics gave him undeserved credit

By Sebastian Robles 

SAN FRANCISCO – According to new polls released by Downtown’s big business, neo-liberal Mayor Gavin Newsom is today at the highest point of popularity since his election in 2003, when he was almost beaten by Matt Gonzalez. This is due, in great measure, to some mostly cosmetic positions he has taken about some social issues since assuming office last January.

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Trucks made to drive without cargo in dangerous areas of Iraq

BY SETH BORENSTEIN

WASHINGTON - (KRT) - Empty flatbed trucks crisscrossed Iraq more than 100 times as their drivers and the soldiers who guarded them dodged bullets, bricks and homemade bombs.

Twelve current and former truckers who regularly made the 300-mile re-supply run from Camp Cedar in southern Iraq to Camp Anaconda near Baghdad told Knight Ridder that they risked their lives driving empty trucks while their employer, a subsidiary of Halliburton Inc., billed the government for hauling what they derisively called "sailboat fuel."



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Venezuela's political impasse nears an end?



CARACAS (Frontlines with AFP material) - Long-simmering tensions between Venezuela and the United States surfaced in the runup to a key step in the political process that could recall President Hugo Chavez, whose anti-American rhetoric has been a thorn in Washington's side.

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Najaf siege and standoff ends in truce

Not all Mahdi Army militiamen intend to withdraw from Najaf 

In what many observers consider a defeat for the occupation and a victory for Shia rebels, the US occupation forces have suspended their offensive against Iraqi militiamen in the city of Najaf.

Spokesman for the US-led occupation administration, Dan Senor, said on Thursday that the military would gradually hand over responsibility for security to the Iraqi police.

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The View from Hubbert's Peak

By Mike Davis 

Angry truckers celebrated this May Day by blocking freeways in Los Angeles and container terminals in Oakland and Stockton.

With diesel fuel prices in California soaring to record levels in recent weeks, the earnings of independent container-haulers have dropped below the poverty line.



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>From Democrat to Green in San Francisco: Why Local 2 endorsed Gonzalez last time around

Union Switches Mayoral Endorsement to Third-Party Candidate

by N. Renuka Uthappa 

June 2004 

Unions are not known for their support of third-party candidates, especially when there’s also a Democrat in the race, but Hotel and Restaurant Employees (HERE) Local 2 endorsed Green Party candidate Matt Gonzalez in San Francisco’s 2003 mayoral election. Gonzalez nearly won that election, garnering 47 percent of the vote against Democrat Gavin Newsom.

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How Bush and the US lost the War and Occupation of Iraq



The US already has lost the War and Occupation of Iraq. Why are Bush, Democrats and Republicans, continuing to press ahead?

Let’s face it, George W. Bush and the US have already lost the war and occupation of Iraq. The only thing remaining is to find out how many more people, both Iraqis and US soldiers, will need to die before the US Armed Forces are chased out of Iraq for good and the Bush administration - along with their Democratic and Republican supporters in Congress - admit their failure.

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